There are routes for families and novices
right up to expert. Sian boasts that in summer the singletrack
is as good as Vail in Colorado (I'm going to be there in summer
to validate this claim and I'm expecting the sun to shine...
right?). Mountain bikers are positively welcomed and more
parts of the forest are being opened up all the time.
There are miles and miles of trails, including the 7 mile
Red Bull route for experts. It's already been raced and a
lap record set and there are rumours of the whole area being
used for stage racing in 1997.
So if you want to see how good marked
trails can be head to Coed-y-Brenin.
Location: OS Landranger 124 (Dolgellau).
Sandwiched between Snowdonia to the North and Cader Idris
to the south the centre is well marked, about halfway between
Dolgellau and Trawsfynydd on the A470. The whole area south
of Snowdonia is slightly less dramatic, but a lot quieter
and excellent for cycling.
Start: Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park Visitor
Centre Facilities: Cafe and bike hire (both run by Sian and
Dafydd). There's also a visitor centre, car parking and toilets.
The cafe re-opens for 1997 at the end of March when it will
be open daily.
Leaflets and Info: Maps of Red Bull and
other routes available from Dafydd Dafis at Dolgellau Forest
District on Tel: 01341 422289